European Data Protection Digest

Officials Speak With Company About Facial Recognition

BIOMETRICS—GERMANY

February 3, 2012

A Hamburg-based privacy agency has begun talks with Facebook about its facial recognition opt-out system, Investor's Business Daily reports. Hamburgischen Beauftragten für Datenschutz und Infromationsfreiheit (HmbBfDl) representative Moritz Karg said, "It is clear by now, that in certain points, we will have to ask more questions, since Facebook denies our competence, which is of no surprise to us." The agency says that the company's "Find My Face" feature collects the biometric data of its users who have not opted in--which causes the HmbBfDl concern, the report states. Karg says the agency might bring legal action if it disagrees with its findings after the talks and expects to meet with other government agencies to "discuss the strategy."
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